The Dude Ranger

Overview

In his first in a series of well-mounted Westerns and action melodramas for independent producer Sol Lesser, George O'Brien plays Ernest Selby, a young Easterner who cannot get rid of his inheritance -- an Arizona ranch -- soon enough. But when Sam Hepburn Henry Hall, the wheelchair-bound operator of his ranch, mistakenly assumes that the youngster is seeking a job to get better acquainted with his haughty daughter Ann Irene Hervey, Selby decides to stick around and look into the mysterious disappearance of ...
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Overview

In his first in a series of well-mounted Westerns and action melodramas for independent producer Sol Lesser, George O'Brien plays Ernest Selby, a young Easterner who cannot get rid of his inheritance -- an Arizona ranch -- soon enough. But when Sam Hepburn Henry Hall, the wheelchair-bound operator of his ranch, mistakenly assumes that the youngster is seeking a job to get better acquainted with his haughty daughter Ann Irene Hervey, Selby decides to stick around and look into the mysterious disappearance of 10,000 heads of cattle. With the help of cowhand Nebrasky Kemp Syd Saylor, our hero quickly learns that nothing at the Red Rock Ranch is quite as it first appears: Old man Hepburn is only faking an injury, and the foreman, Hyslip LeRoy Mason, knows more about the missing cattle than he cares to admit. Released by the Fox company, The Dude Ranger was filmed on location at Utah's Zion National Park.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen presentation; English 2.0 Dolby Digital; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered; Scene selection; True stories of Zane Grey; - Outdoor Adventures with an introduction by Loren Grey; - Fisherman's Pluck; - An American Legend
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
"He's the meanest, stubbornnest, most conceited, high-hat dude tenderfoot I've ever seen," Irene Hervey says of George O'Brien in The Dude Ranger, "but how he can kiss!" And that's the kind of Western this Zane Grey adaptation is: more talk -- and some of it quite amusing -- than action. There is the Utah desert scenery of course but Hervey, who appeared "by arrangement with MGM", and most of the supporting cast seem more at home in drawing rooms. And that is where director Edward F. Cline keeps them most of the time, playing out a sort of prairie version of The Taming of the Shrew. With that kind of sophistication, there isn't much LeRoy Mason and his cutthroats can do, other than stay back and listen to the barbs fly. Sol Lesser used the Zane Grey connection and threw out the rest in the 1937 Smith Ballew opus Roll Along Cowboy, which is sometimes listed as a remake but isn't.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • UPC: 012236201472
  • Original Release: 1934
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:04:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George O'Brien Ernest Selby
Irene Hervey Anne Hepburn
LeRoy Mason Dale Hyslip
Henry Hall Sam Hepburn
Sid Saylor Nebraska Kemp
Sid Jordan Dunk
Alma Chester Martha
Lloyd Ingraham Beckett
Hank Bell
Smiley Burnette
Earl Dwire
Si Jenks
Jack Kirk
Jim Mason Hawk, campfire hand
Lafe [Lafayette] McKee
Technical Credits
Edward F. Cline Director
Barry Barringer Screenwriter
Frank B. Good Cinematographer
Donn W. Hayes Editor
Sol Lesser Producer
John S. Zanft Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dude Ranger
1. Red Rock Ranch [16:26]
2. Working the Ranch [18:26]
3. Mind if I Cut In? [12:14]
4. New Boss [16:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Dude Ranger
   Play
   Scene Selection
   True Stories of Zane Grey
      Outdoor Adventures With an Introduction by Loren Grey
      An American Legend
      Fisherman's Pluck
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